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Workshop at Smidig 2013: Effectively Coaching Agile Teams

Feedback and material from the workshop "Effectively Coaching Agile Teams"

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15 November 2013
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It's been wonderful to conduct our session at Smidig 2013 in Oslo last week. We had great fun being with the participants.

As promised to the audience, we are sharing the material from the session. This include:

If you have any further questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Beside that, we appreciated the blog post written by Charlotte Nordnes-Jensen as the best post conference material for this.

Agile Testing Days 2013: Agile Testing is nonsense, because Agile is testing…

Testing is an attitude, an approach and a practice: notes from my experience at Agile Testing Days 2013 and the opening keynote I presented

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4 November 2013
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Events
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agile, agile testing, keynote, scrum

Some impressions

The Agile Testing Days has definitely been an experience for me. I wasn't sure what type of people I would have met at such supposedly very "vertical" and specific conference, focusing on testing in the Agile world. It's definitely one of a kind, and I was positively surprised about the amount of people who are actually getting closer to Agile through the testing experience.

The quality of the speakers has been very high, I have attended almost all of the keynotes, and were all very well followed, and engaging too. I have learned that there are ...

The Anatomy of an Agile organisation

Agile is not ending at the Product Development level, and is not only about Software Development: Agile is not about "adoption", it is about "becoming"

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15 October 2013
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Events, Scrum, agile, Transition, kanban, Lean Management, lean startup

Hi all, I am going to held a keynote at the second edition of the Manage Agile conference in Berlin, on October 23rd. I will be pretty much trying to challenge some wishful thinking about the idea that it is possible to create a "blueprint" of an Agile organization. This would ultimately contradict the concept of "Agile" as an emergent and adaptive approach to work. I will share with you more about what are the element which make Agile Team performing. How many of those same elements can be used at an organizational level? I won't try to define ...

Scan Agile 2013: The Anatomy of an Agile Organization

I am happy to speak at the Scan Agile in November in Finland about agile Agile Frameworks and more.

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7 August 2013
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Events

Agile is mainstream. More and more companies are adopting it on the wave of enthusiasm, either of some internal successful experiments, or just because their competitors are doing it. Unfortunately though, the cultural change that follows the adoption of Agile within an organization can't be constrained to the IT department - Here things become tricky…

Here you can find the full abstract and general information are provided on the conference website

Why Principles are more important than Practices?

Write up from Agile Development Practices conference in Berlin

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5 March 2013
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Agile with a Purpose, Events, agile

Write up from the Keynote at the Agile Development Practices conference in Berlin

The fact that many new to Agile focus a lot of energy in doing Agile right, brings them to end often in situation where many Agile Practices stop to make sense as such, and get adapted... unfortunately in not-really-agile ways.

With the keynote today, I tried to pass across that "doing" Agile, requires at least a bit of understanding about why most of the Agile practices are made the way they are made. Starting out by trying something without having understood why it has been created in ...

Summary of November ScrumTisch

Notes from last night's ScrumTisch in Berlin

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16 November 2012
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Scrumtisch Berlin

At last night's ScrumTisch, a number of interesting challenges was discussed:

  • Do we re-estimate a story that wasn't finished in one sprint? How are the story points calculated into the velocity?
  • How can a service business sell agile to their clients? How to inspire them to participate and engage in discovering the best product?
  • How much preparation (UX/UI-definition) is needed to have stories ready for a sprint?
  • Who is using Lean Architecture? How do we change our system's design to enable our teams to go faster?
  • How do we spread knowledge (for instance about new components ...

The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders

Over the past 5 years agile42 has been working helping many companies to successfully convert into agile organisations

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16 November 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Transition, Lean Management

It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? This presentation is focusing in particular on those aspects which are related to transforming a corporate into an agile company, and ...

Notes for the Scrumtisch Berlin - August 29, 2012

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012 This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72) Questions Collected 1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria 2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment 3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an ...

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4 September 2012
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Scrumtisch Berlin, Scrum
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acceptance criteria, collaboration, empirical control, fixed price, partners, user story

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012

This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72)

Questions Collected

Topic list for Scrumtisch Aug, 29 Berlin

1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria

2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment

3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an Agile team?

4) How to keep the Sprint Size constant and deal with release deadlines?

5) How to deal with fixed price offers

Discussion

Following a short summary about the main point of discussion for each of the Top three voted topics.

Topic 1 - How to work with external developers in ...

Ericsson Agile Transformation

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson & Andrea Tomasini of agile42 presented a real story about Agile Transformation at scale

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16 August 2012
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Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, agile
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agile2012, large, scale, transition

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson and Andrea Tomasini of agile42 yesterday presented “Down The Pub—How did that transition you were working on go?”

Slides

You can download the slides:

Ericsson Improvements

Download pdf

Booklet

To learn more about this story, enjoy this PDF booklet called “Tales of Agile Change”:
Tales of Agile Change

First agile42 University iBook: Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting

Agile42 Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. We published our first paper "Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting" and we are looking forward for your feedback

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6 August 2012
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agile, transition

Agile42

Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. The problem is that nobody else really got to appreciate such insights, as we fail to publish many of them. To address that issue we have been working throughout the year creating a series of internal initiatives which work on a common aim: to share knowledge with a broader community. You may notice more blogs at agile42.com.

The next step

From my perspective the blog posts are a great starting point ...

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